1st class salad
I recently came across Erwina Ziomkowska‘s artworks. For their visual power, for their fashion flavour, for their delicate absurdity, these pieces certainly deserve a closer look.
Erwina Ziomkowska is a Polish artist, who “produces minimal facilities and temporary installations. ”
Inclined for a minimalist way of acting, the artist opts for repetitive activities as grooving, puncturing, scratching, threading. At the end of the day, she reveals some beautiful and impossible objects: metallic underwear (dangerous inside), a pinned clutch bag, pinned shoes, etc. The extreme intensity of work (similar to irrationally-compulsive behaviours) contrasts the purified forms of the completed objects, picturing a sterile cool beauty.
“A crucial element for the understanding of the works presented is an omnipresent doubt, which appears here the whole time (but with a different intensity) with a gentle kind of tension underneath. This sense of uncertainty appears to drive the whole acting system, based on the principle of repetition, bringing to mind a ritual process of transition. Where the rhythm of multiplied actions organizes the change, thus activating a complex process of internal transformation.
As far as the ritual goes there is a sort of external manifestation easing the transformation appearance- the subject of time passing, taken simultaneously, is a component driving this process from the inside.”
images source: saatchionline.com
From February 13th until April 7th, ATOPOS cvc is presenting its ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion exhibition at La Gaîté lyrique. The craziest, sexiest and most radical monstrous creatures are invading Paris!
Atopos is a non-profit cultural organization based in Athens. Founded in 2003 by Stamos J. Fafalios and Vassilis Zidianakis, Atopos is already a powerful reference in contemporary fashion, collaborating with various designers and artists, for exhibitions, publications, performances and events. In less than 10 years, Atopos CVC (its name denoting the strange, the unwonted, the eccentric and the unclassifiable) is a meeting point for different visual disciplines, gathering rare original creations of contemporary designers. Atopos stands out with their unusual projects focusing on the human figure and its relationship with costume – see RRRIPP! Paper Fashion (now in Germany, Waiblingen), Atopic Bodies, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion (with the first presentation at the Benaki Museum in Athens, and currently on display in Paris, at La Gaite Lyrique).
Based on an original idea by Vasslis Zidianakis, with the design of Fafalios Stamos, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion manages a unique combination of fashion, animation, costume and art. Participating designers and artists reshape the human body and reveal a new universe full of dreams, nightmares and hybrid creatures. The theme seem very appealing to me, and the 58 exhibitors from around the world, turns it into a stunning cocktail:
Alexander Mcqueen UK, Alex Mattsson SE, Alexis Themistocleous CY, Andrea Ayala Closa ES, Andrea Cammarosano IT, Andrea Crews FR, Bart Hess NL, Bas Kosters NL, Bernhard Willhelm DE, Boris Hoppek DE, Bronwen Marshall UK, Cassette Playa & Gary Card UK, Charlie Le Mindu FR, Chi He CN, Claire Michel FR, Craig Green UK, David Curtis-Ring UK, Digitaria GR, Dr Noki’s NHS UK, Erika Mizuno JP, Freeka Tet FR, Filep Motwary & Maria Mastori CY & GR, George Tourlas GR, Helen Price UK, Henrik Vibskov DK, Heyniek NL, Hideki Seo JP, Isabel Mastache Martinez ES, Issey Miyake & Dai Fujiwara JP, Jean-Paul Lespagnard BE, Josefin Arnell SE, Kim Traeger DK, Leutton Postle UK, Luis Lopez Smith UK, Mads Dinesen DK, Maison Martin Margiela FR, Manon Kündig CH, Marcus Tomlinson – Gareth Pugh UK, Mareunrol’s LV, On Aura Tout Vu FR, Paul Graves US, Pictoplasma DE, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello FR, Piers Atkinson UK, Rejina Pyo KR, Rick Owens US, Rozalb De Mura RO, Shin Murayama JP, Sotiris Bakagiannis GR, Takashi Nishiyama JP, The Brainstorm Design GR, Tracy Widdess CA, Toma Stenko RU, Urban Camouflage DE, Walter Van Beirendonck BE
Perhaps for most of you the Meadham Kirchhoff name sounds familiar. I just came across their Menswear S/S 2013 Lookbook and I decided this particular fashion brand needs a closer examination.
Meadham Kirchhoff is a team of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, two designers who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002, then started a brand that seems very promising. Whether we’re talking about their menswear or womenswear, we can find an uninhibited repertoire: color, humor, irony.
Regarding their Menswear Collection S/S 2013 – That’s an interesting lookbook! The perfect apartment, perfect set design, perfect time in a lifetime. Nobody can’t deny the refinement and sensibility put in these images. Models are presented in a luxurious setting with shabby styled furniture, where floral arrangements cohabits with rubbish, delicate printed fabrics work well with denim and sneakers. That’s were West meets East, the Kurt Cobain nostalgia is somehow revived, finished with jewelry, painted hands and stunning hairstyles, adorned with scarfs and saris. There’s a full package of neo-bohemian style dedicated to a new generation of global teenagers.
images via dazeddigital.com